Passengers of AirAsia flight D7237 were terrified when the flight started to shake violently while they were travelling to Malaysia from Australia. The pilots were forced to go back to Australia to avoid the worst.
Damien Stevens and his friend Mitch Jamieson were on board who were on their way to Myanmar for a holiday.
Stevens recalled: “We were asleep and heard a loud bang around the 1-hour-and-15-minute mark.”
“It shook for the whole ride back, close on two hours,” he added.
It is still unclear as to what caused the trouble in the plane’s Rolls-Royce engines.
“It was really shaky, very scary,” Stevens said.
Meanwhile, the pilot asked the passengers to pray for the safe landing after announcing the situation, in fact he urged them to pray on a couple of occasions.
The pilot also instructed passengers to hold “the brace position” for about two minutes during the landing. According to Steven, the plane landed smoothly.
“The plane erupted with applause once we landed,” Steven recalls and praised the pilot. The pilot had shook hands with everyone after the flight was over.
“The pilot identified a technical issue with the engine. The plane turned around and safely landed back at Perth Airport,” a spokesman for the Perth Airport said.
“The safety of our guests is our utmost priority,” the airline added.
This is the second significant incident involving the jet’s Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engine this month.
A spokesman for Rolls-Royce released this statement: “We are aware of the incident and will be working closely with relevant partners to understand the cause of the issue.”